Spring Garden Tips
Holiday Gifts from the Garden - Heirloom Seeds

Start your holiday gift shopping early with a trip to the garden. Collect seeds from your favorite heirloom annual flowers and vegetables to share with friends and family.

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mgm audio 102816 heirloom seedsSome flowers like cosmos, zinnias and marigolds form seedheads. When these turn brown and are easily shattered the seeds are mature and ready to harvest.

Sweet peas, nicotiana, and cleome form seedpods. When these turn from green to brown and begin to split open the seeds are ripe and ready for collecting.

Collect seeds on a dry day. Spread on a screen in a well-ventilated location to finish the drying process. For smaller and lightweight seeds, place the pods and seedheads in a paper bag to catch the small seeds as they fall out.

Place dried seeds in a small envelope and label with the name of the plant, flower color and size as well as the date the seeds were collected.

A bit more information: Save seeds from open pollinated plants that will produce offspring that look like the parents. Do not save seeds from patented plants. Companies spend lots of money to develop new varieties for our gardens. Distributing seeds and cuttings from these is illegal, but also impacts future plant introductions.

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Three Sisters Planting Tradition

Try a Native American tradition of planting corn, squash and beans - the three sisters’ method - together in your garden this year.

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Time Vegetable Plantings for Greater Success

It's all in the timing and that goes for planting vegetables.

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Tips for Seed Starting Success

Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.

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Try Black-Eyed Peas and Cabbage This New Year

Start the New Year with a good luck meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage.

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Visit a Farmer's Market and Plan Your Garden

Farmers Markets are on the rise as more and more of us are looking for locally grown fresh produce. You may be surprised to find one or more popping up near your home.

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Waterwise Vegetable Gardening

You can grow garden fresh produce while conserving water and limiting the time spent watering.

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What's Blooming in Your Yard - A Garden Phenology

Break out the camera, notebook or garden journal and start recording the beautiful blooms in your garden. It‘s a fun family activity that can help you increase your garden’s beauty and manage garden pests.

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What's On My Plate Day: Grow Nutritional Vegetables

Celebrate “What’s on my Plate Day” and surprise your family with a plate full of nutritious vegetables. Serve ‘em cooked up as ratatouille, chopped and mixed in a stir-fry or tossed in a tasty salad.

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Year of the Gerbera Daisy

It’s the fifth most used cut flower in the world, comes in single, semi double, double and spider type flowers and is the 2013 Flower of the Year. Did you guess? It’s Gerbera Daisy.

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